11 responses to “Trachystemon orientalis”

  1. Beverley

    Trachystemon orientalis – Z6 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths

  2. Doug

    Why is it called “Abraham-Isaac-Jacob”?

  3. Ed Alverson

    Given how widely Trachystemon orientalis has naturalized in the UK (where the climate is similar to the PNW) I would be wary of recommending this as a garden plant. We already have enough weeds to deal with in our natural areas as it is.
    A great native perennial Boraginaceae alternative for similar dry shade habitats is the Pacific hound’s tongue, Cynoglossum grande. It occurs from SW Washington, south through Oregon to California. While it is also listed for southern B.C. in many floras, according to the Illustrated Flora of BC there are no herbarium specimens documenting any B.C. populations. Still it is worth looking for native populations in oak woodlands in southwestern B.C., given the number of similar peripheral or disjunct southern taxa that occur in these habitats in B.C. There is a nice feature article on this species at http://www.ventanawild.org/news/fe01/houndst.html

  4. Eva

    Lovely plant but I’d worry about the invasive tendencies……

  5. Margaret-Rae Davis

    Wonderful Photographs. The colous, especially blues which don’t always come true to colour are just great. To see them at the base of the tree gives me an idea of size.
    Thank you,

  6. Bob Beer

    I love this plant. It’s fairly common in moister places along the Bosphorus and along streams in the Black Sea but I’ve never seen it in huge colonies. I grow it in my garden and have found it to be no more invasive than tall bearded iris. And if you have too much, you can always eat it! (I just had it for dinner by the way.) 🙂

  7. H.Y.Alkema

    It is a wonderfull plant.Early in the spring the tiny blue, cyclamenlike flowers are very dainty and in summer the real very lovely green foliage is an excellent soilcover in my wildgarden. I always grow them in semishade.The hottest time of the day thee is shadow. Try them!

  8. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Exquisite curls in those blue petals. Like ringlets.

  9. Richard

    Thank heavens!
    I’ve got this growing in my garden and it’s taken 4 hours of google/image searching to find this photo which ID’s it!

  10. mary

    One of the most useful plants to remember when you walk into a patch of stinging nettles. Just grab a few borage leaves and rub the area that the nettles have caused to burn, and a couple of applications wil almost completely make the stinging disappear.

  11. Elke

    Great photos!
    I was curious about this plant because of its beautiful flowers. I found it alongside the gardens of Turkish immigrants and could grab a few seeds. Raising them from seed is as easy as sowing borage. I now have 2 plants in my garden and look forward to their first flowers!

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